Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter October 2011
Board and Committee Chairs
President's Message
In This Issue

Dear Members,

Wow, what an awesome presentation at September's meeting. Dr. Freihaut, who runs the Energy Efficient Buildings HUB for the Department of Energy, went over the efforts to find practical ways of improving baseline efficiency in existing buildings. The HUB has used the Philly Navy Yard, with 270 buildings, as their test bed for applying cutting edge principles such as smart grid/metering, combined heat/power systems, accurate modeling, and various efforts to shed and share loads. He also made designers in the room feel good about their profession, explaining how designing buildings is more difficult than designing jet engines. He would know ? he's done both! It was an excellent night with some cool take-aways. Their data will be fully shared with ASHRAE ? we look forward to seeing the fruits of their labor.

I'm sorry to rub it in that you missed a lot at the last meeting. But I can email you parts of the presentation if you send me a note. And you can make up for your loss by attending our October 12th, 5pm meeting at ABC-Harrisburg. We'll have a fantastic technical presentation from one of the industry experts in all things geothermal: Dr. Todd Giddings. Todd we'll speak on his experience with various projects over his 34 years of designing and installing geothermal systems ? often using quite innovative methods.

October's meeting will be a very special one. As part of Past President Night, we will honor all our past presidents and recollect on all the great years we've had in our chapter. We'll especially pay tribute to Frank Ruth, who passed away on September 2nd, at his home in Dauphin. Frank was an inspiration to many ASHRAE members for his dedication to excellence and to serving other members of our community. Frank convinced me to get more involved in ASHRAE a few years back, and I'm grateful for his mentorship and guidance.

One more quick note: The PA Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council (UCC-RAC) is in the process of reviewing the 2012 International Construction Code (ICC) as it will apply to the PA UCC on December 31, 2012. All are invited to submit specific concerns for UCC-RAC consideration to

We expect a full house at October's meeting, so come early and get a good seat!

Andrew Odell

Employment Opportunities

PoolPak International
HVAC Inside Sales Position

Position Description:

Technical sales support to national and international sale representatives. Duties include:

  • Selectiong and sizing dehumidification equipment
  • Reviewing equipment plans and specifications
  • Pricing/quoting equipment
  • Design and layout of HVAC, Plumbing/Piping systems on commercial, institutional, pharmaceutical and healthcare projects using AutoCAD Software.
  • Work with internal resources to estimate project cost.
  • Communicate directly with field construction personnel, customers and equipment vendors.
  • Coordinate project execution with construction management, field personnel and subcontractors.

Applicant Requirements and Skills:

  • Some short-term travel required several times per year.
  • Applicant must have:
    • Strong computer skills,
    • Be people oriented,
    • Good organizational skills,
  • Experience required: 3 to 5 years of:
    • Refrigeration
    • HVAC
    • Estimating
    • Engineering degree not required, but a plus
    • Psychrometrics knowledge is a plus

Benefits include, paid training, health insurance, 401k and vacation package.

Send resume with salary history to: or mail to PoolPak International, Attention: Sales/Confidential, PO Box 3331, York, PA 17402

Location: York, PA
Compensation: Dependent upon experience

Buchart Horn, Inc., a multi-discipline architectural and engineering consulting firm, seeks a licensed Mechanical Engineer with 5+ years of experience in the consulting industry to join the Facilities/MEP Division in the York, PA office.

The successful candidate will:

  • Fully competent in HVAC and plumbing building load calculations with the ability to make system design decisions, including system type and function
  • Fully competent in the principles of hydronic water systems with the ability to design piping networks
  • Provide drawing detail development and prepare scalable plans and diagrams, ie piping, ductwork, risers, and systems layouts
  • Ability to read, interpret and apply building codes
  • Process shop drawings, edit specifications, and create charts and schedules and develop cost estimates
  • Perform project management duties or support the project manager with work plan development and the coordination of multi-discipline projects
  • Assist with skill development of CAD technicians and designers
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Professional Registration
  • 5 plus years related and progressively more responsible experience in mechanical engineering field, consulting services. 10 plus years without PE
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office

Buchart Horn, Inc. offers a team focused work environment with competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package including paid holidays, vacation, sick days, health and life insurance, and more. To be considered for this position, please APPLY ONLINE at For more information on Buchart Horn, Inc., please visit us at

We are an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V
All applicants must be authorized to work in the US

Central PA ASHRAE will publish employment opportunities in the Pennant at a cost of $50/month.The Pennant is distributed twice each month (September through May) to approximately 500 people.Contact Mark Tome (717) 814-8237 to have employment opportunities included in the Pennant

Meeting Announcement - Past President's Night

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 @ Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17101 click to add to calendar

PDH Certificates are Available for this Presentation

5:00-6:00 Social Hour
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Two Presentations:
Borehole Test Results Comparing the Thermal Performance of HDPE vs. PEXa Loop Pipe
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Innovative and Cost-Saving Design of a Geothermal System Installed in an Elementary School

Todd Giddings, Ph.D., P.G., IGSHPA Accredited Trainer
Todd Giddings and Associates, Inc.
State College, PA. 16801

Presentation 1: Borehole Test Results Comparing the Thermal Performance of HDPE vs. PEXa Loop Pipe
REHAU NA, a manufacturer of PEXa pipe, commissioned Bowman Geothermal LC to conduct an in-situ test that compared the effective borehole thermal resistance performance of a single HDPE loop, a single PEXa loop , double PEXa loops, and double PEXa loops with 3-inch spacers. Four 6-inch diameter borings were drilled at the Leesburg, VA headquarters of REHAU NA to a depth of 300 feet, and a thermally enhanced grout with a conductivity of 1.0 BTU/hr-ºF-ft was used in all 4 boreholes. The borehole thermal resistance values from this study indicate that the use of double PEXa loops with 3-inch spacers will reduce the required loop length by 20% or more compared to single HDPE loops.” This presentation will show the drilling and the loop installation process for each of the 4 boreholes, and will present Bowman’s findings and conclusions.

Presentation 2: An Innovative and Cost-Saving Design of a Geothermal System Installed in an Elementary School

The 40-year old Woodward Township Elementary School building in north-central Pennsylvania was renovated in 2008 and early 2009. The original oil-fired steam boiler and the fan-console radiators in each classroom were removed. The new geothermal heat pump units that were installed in each classroom have heat-recovery ventilators built into them, along with the usual electric-resistance emergency heat. Each geothermal unit has a circulating pump and its own 460-foot deep vertical-loop heat exchanger located right outside the building. This innovative geothermal system design has no loopfield and no loopfield header pipes, no central loop-water circulating pumps and distribution piping, no mechanical rooms, and no return-air ductwork. This case-history presentation will show the sequence of the drilling, looping, grouting, flushing and purging of the individual boreholes, and will show the geothermal equipment that was installed in the renovation of this elementary school building.


Dr. Giddings has over 34 years of experience designing and installing geothermal systems. He is a registered professional geologist and the principal hydrogeologist of Todd Giddings and Associates, Inc. He is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) member, IGSHPA Accredited Installer, IGSHPA Accredited Vertical Loop Installer, and IGSHPA Accredited Trainer for both the IGSHPA Accredited Installer Training Course and the IGSHPA Accredited Driller Training Course.

The Geo-Tec Systems division of Todd Giddings and Associates, Inc. has designed and installed geothermal heat pump systems in new homes up to 8,000 square feet in size and in small commercial buildings up to 10,000 square feet in size. The original water-to-air geothermal heat pump in his home operated for 32 years. Todd replaced his original geothermal heat pump to take advantage of the Federal Residential Geothermal Tax Credit and to have the increased economy of a two-speed unit with a much higher COP. His office building is 25 years old and has seven geothermal heat pump units that operate so efficiently that his electric power company routinely performs diagnostics on his building's electric meter. The electric utility's calculations of the kilowatt-hours per square foot per year for his office building are so far below the utility’s expected values that their billing computer flags the electric meter as under-registering.

Dr. Giddings brings his experiences and case-history examples into the classroom by using job-site photographs in PowerPoint presentations. He enjoys sharing tips and designs that optimize the performance of geothermal systems and that maximize the cost savings.

Online or or 717.232.9743 ask for Alyssa Adams
Deadline: Monday October 10th, 2011

Chapter Members: $30.00
Non members: $40.00
Retired: $5.00

Note to all Chapter Officers and Committee Chairs: Chapter Officers, Board Members and Committee Chairs have standing reservations. If you do not RSVP by the deadline, you will be billed for the fun time you missed.

2011-2012 Schedule

Date & Location Event
September 15 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Transforming the Building Industry: DOE Innovation Hub for Energy Efficient Buildings by Jim Freihaut, PhD, Penn State University

October 12 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Past Presidents/History Night

Todd Giddings, PHD
Hybrid Geothermal/Water Source Applications

November Professional Development Seminar


November 9 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Membership Promotion Night
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Jullian DeBullet

presenting Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems with a look at multiple outdoor inverter driven compressors serving numerous indoor units.

December 14 - 3:00-5:00 Tour and 5:00pm-8:00pm Presentation

Presentation @ Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Biomass Boiler Manufacturing presentation by Paul Lewandoski, AFS and Bloomsburg University Case Study by Nathaniel Greene, Professor at Bloomsburg University

January 11 - TBD
York, PA

GEA Flatplate Manufacturing Tour

February 8- 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Research Promotion Night
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Dru Crawley

presenting Advanced Energy Design Guides and Future Trends in Buildings and Energy Simulation

Feburary 9th Professional Development Seminar
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Dru Crawley

Getting from AEDGs to Zero-Energy Buildings.

March 14 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Refrigeration Night ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Tom Werkema

presenting International Fora, Domestic Implementation, Politics and Science with a possible ABC Brewery Tour with focus on refrigeration storage

April 11 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Student Activities Night

Student Presentations

April 19 - 1:00-4:00 pm
ASHRAE Webcast
Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems
Panel: Tim McGinn, Stanley Mumma, John Murphy
May Family Night - TBD
July Annual Golf Event
August 10-11th



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Member News

The Chapter congratulates the following people who are new to ASHRAE membership:

  • Mr Parker C Keller
  • Dr Greg Troszak, PhD
  • Mr Sandy Yu

Congratulations Todd Postlethwait of Haller Enterprises. Todd recently earned the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification thru the Association of Energy Engineers.

jciThe Central Pennsylvania ASHRAE Chapter would like to thank Johnson Controls for becoming the newest ASHRAE Research Platinum Circle Donor. We greatly appreciate their support of ASHRAE Research and our local chapter.

Congratulations to Kayla Gavin, Adam Barnardo, and Daniel Wiggans of the PSU University Park Student Branch. Their entry into the 2011 ASHRAE Student Design Project Competition was selected as the third place winner in the HVAC System Selection Category.

ASME Susquehanna Section is offering a PE Exam review course. Classes are on Tuesdays, from November 8, 2011 to March 20, 2012 (18 sessions), 6:30 to 10:30 PM Sign-up Deadline: November 1, 2011. Register early, since class space is limited! Location: Johnson Controls - York Campus, 631 South Richland Avenue, York, PA 17403 Fee: $550 (includes 600+page theory and problem notebook and instructional materials) More information is available in the Course Overview or at the section's home page.

FirstEnergy Utilities' Residential HVAC Program Update
Pennsylvania residential customers of Met-Ed, Penelec and Penn Power (FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities) are now eligible for increased rebates of $60 for a standard HVAC tune-up and $75 for a tune-up with an ECM fan replacement. Be sure to mention the change in rebate amounts to your customers this cooling season! For more information, please visit or call 1-866-498-1409.

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Passing of Franklin W. Ruth III, PE

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of chapter past president and long time governor Frank Ruth. Frank passed away at his home on Sept 2nd, and was laid to rest Sept 9th at St. Thomas Cemetery, Bernville, PA

The October 12th dinner meeting will honor chapter past presidents, and we are also reserving time for sharing memories and stories about Frank.

The pictures are from November 11th, 2009, when in addition to honoring Frank as a Past President, he was also presented the Chapter Service Award.

Past Pres

Region & Society News

Region III Dinner at ASHRAE Winter Meeting

Looking ahead to the ASHRAE Winter Meeting, a dinner for Region III members has been organized for Monday, January 23, 2012 at The Rock Bottom Brewerey, 1 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. If you are interested in attending, return the form by January 16, 2012.

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